The singer said she hates "the box I get put into"

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Miley Cyrus doesn’t like labels.

In an interview with the AP, the “We Can’t Stop” singer said that not all of her previous relationships have been “straight” or “heterosexual.”

Cyrus recently split from Patrick Schwarzenegger after several months of dating. In 2013, she and Liam Hemsworth called off their engagement after a 4-year on-and-off relationship. Prior to that, she most famously dated Nick Jonas when the two were teenagers.

The 22-year-old – who is launching the Happy Hippie Foundation, an organization to help homeless and LGBT kids – has long been an advocate for social causes, from the Free the Nipple campaign to marriage equality.

Now she’s got her sights set on tackling gender norms and identity.

The former Hannah Montana star told Out Tuesday she’s struggled with gender expectations in the past.

“I didn’t want to be a boy,” she said. “I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don’t relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that’s what I had to understand: Being a girl isn’t what I hate, it’s the box that I get put into.”

Cyrus took to Instagram Wednesday to reaffirm those sentiments, posting that quote with the caption: “NOTHING can/will define me! Free to be EVERYTHING!!!!”

The singer also noted she hopes to use her celebrity status to advocate for causes close to her heart.

“When you have all eyes on you, what are you saying? And that’s what I had to ask myself a lot,” she told the AP. “It’s like, I know you’re going to look at me more if my [breasts] are out, so look at me. And then I’m going to tell you about my foundation for an hour and totally hustle you.”

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